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Who was Dan Johnson? Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault dies in apparent suicide

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:01 AM

In this Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Kentucky State Rep. Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church regarding sexual assault allegations in Louisville, Ky. Johnson died Wednesday night, Dec. 13, 2017. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings says it was
In this Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Kentucky State Rep. Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church regarding sexual assault allegations in Louisville, Ky. Johnson died Wednesday night, Dec. 13, 2017. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings says it was "probably suicide," and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)(Timothy D. Easley/AP)

A Kentucky state lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenager died Wednesday night in an apparent suicide, officials said. 

Here's what we know about Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson, who was elected in 2016:

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A woman accused Johnson, pastor of the Heart of Fire church in Louisville, of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was 17. According to a Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting article published Monday, she reported the alleged incident, which occurred on New Year's Eve 2012, to police, who later closed the case without filing charges. Read more here.

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Johnson denied the allegation Tuesday at a news conference at his church. "These are unfounded accusations, totally," the 57-year-old pastor said after he and his supporters sang "O Come All Ye Faithful," the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

He added: "I think this is an assault on all real people. This is an absolute assault on real people. There’s no perfect people. You get into office and all of a sudden, political hacks want to come against you and start accusing you after you’re in office."

This wasn't Johnson's first brush with controversy. When he ran for office in 2016, critics slammed him for sharing racist Facebook memes comparing the Obamas to monkeys, as well as numerous anti-Islam messages, WDRB reported. Although the Republican Party of Kentucky called for Johnson to withdraw his candidacy, he stayed in the race and won.

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The following post appeared on Johnson's Facebook page Wednesday shortly before his death:

"The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news . Conservatives take a stand. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WIFE in the world,My Love Forever ! My Mom and Dad my FAMILY and all five of my kids and Nine grandchildren two in tummies and many more to come each of you or a total gift from GOD stay strong, REBECCA needs YOU . 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. IT Has Won This Life . BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME. “PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do,if you love me is (1)blame no person,Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. (2) Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself .(3)most importantly LOVE GOD. P.S. I LOVE MY FRIENDS YOU ARE FAMILY ! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT ! "

Officials said Johnson was found dead with a single gunshot wound in a "probable suicide" Wednesday night, WDRB reported. Officers believe he shot himself in front of his car after parking off a road in Mount Washington.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin reacted to the news on Twitter. "Just terrible news from Kentucky tonight on the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson," Paul wrote. "I cannot imagine his pain or the heartbreak his family is dealing with tonight. Kelley and I pray for his loved ones."

Bevin wrote: "Saddened to hear of tonight’s death of KY Representative Dan Johnson...My heart breaks for his family tonight...These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America...May God indeed shed His grace on us all...We sure need it..."

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Local police meet with religious groups after Texas church shooting

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:14 AM

Couple with local ties dies in Texas church shooting

Springboro Police met with local church pastors to discuss any potential safety issues surrounding the local faith community after a recent church shooting in Texas left 26 people dead.

Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff hosted a meeting of local church pastors to discuss “the concept of church security and safety,” the city posted on its Facebook page. “With the recent church shooting in Texas, the chief felt it was a good time to gather the pastors to discuss the issue of keeping people safe while attending services and also wanted to take the time to discuss the role of the churches when a tragedy strikes a community,” the post stated. 

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The shooting at a church in Sutherland, Texas left 26 dead including several children. Authorities say Devin Patrick Kelley entered the Texas church and killed members of the congregation in the attack, including the unborn baby of one of the women slain.

Springboro police said they are willing to meet with any local groups that might have concerns about safety. Read the post below:

Strong winds relax for morning, colder temperatures throughout day

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:24 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the weekend forecast and a quick look at next week.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Not as windy today
  • Dry time heading into the weekend
  • Warmer weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Strong winds over 40 mph will relax through the early morning. Isolated slick spots north where there was snow. Today looks dry with partly cloudy skies and much colder with highs in the upper 20s.

FRIDAY: A cold morning in the teens. Temperatures for the afternoon reach about freezing. Clouds increase especially north. Towards evening you could see a few passing light snow showers in the northeast.

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SATURDAY: A beautiful start to the weekend. Chilly in the low 20s but highs reach around 40 which is actually warmer than normal. They’ll be plenty of sunshine.

SUNDAY: It’ll be dry in the morning. Clouds increase with highs in the low 40s. Scattered showers move up from the south heading towards evening.

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MONDAY: Some morning showers will linger. Highs in the low to mid 40s. Dry for the afternoon with decreasing clouds.

JUST IN: New Dayton eatery’s ‘Parkmoor’ name triggers trademark dispute

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:05 AM

New restaurant triggers trademark dispute with 'Parkmoor' name

A new Dayton chicken restaurant ran afoul of another restaurant’s trademark just as it was opening its doors for the first time this week.

Owners of the restaurant that WAS to be called “Ms. Pam’s Parkmoor Style Dixie Fried Chicken” say they received a “cease-and-desist” order from an attorney representing Fricker’s, the local restaurant and pub chain that has taken steps to register and protect the Parkmoor chicken name.

As a result, Ms. Pam’s owners Gary Keller and Pam Jackson have capitulated by covering up, with duct tape, the “Parkmoor” and “Dixie” on the sign in front of their new restaurant at 2920 Wayne Ave. near Belmont High School.

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The restaurant’s new name, Jackson said Wednesday night, is “Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken.”

Pam Jackson and Gary Keller are owners of the Wayne Avenue restaurant that was quickly forced to drop the term “Parkmoor” from its name after a “cease-and-desist” letter from another restaurant. It will now be called “Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken,” the owners said Wednesday night. This photo was taken Nov. 29, before the owners learned of the trademark dispute. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Keller made it clear he still believes his fried chicken tastes better — and more true to the flavor of the original recipe served at the Dayton-area Parkmoor restaurant chain that reached its peak of popularity in the 1960s — than any other version that he has tasted. But he said he will do as the cease-and-desist letter demands, to avoid a legal battle.

“I didn’t want to spend $60,000 in court and lose,” Keller said. “They have the rights to the name, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

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In its heyday in the 1960s, Parkmoor operated more than a half-dozen restaurants in the Dayton area, and at least 10 more elsewhere in Ohio and in Michigan and Indiana. The fond memories of Parkmoor chicken is evident in a long, nostalgia-filled thread of comments on DaytonHistoryBooks.com.

The Frickers restaurant in Huber Heights started serving Parkmoor Chicken in 2009, according to a Dayton Daily News column by Dale Huffman published in August of that year. And it still does, as a weekly special: just four days ago, on Dec. 10, the same Huber Heights Fricker’s touted its Parkmoor Dixie Fried Chicken Sunday special on its Facebook page: “It’s Sunday, and that means time for Parkmoor Chicken at Fricker’s!”

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The new Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken restaurant opened Tuesday, and Keller and Jackson said they got very positive customer feedback about the quality and taste of their fried chicken, which helps take the sting about the forced name change.

“It’s a shame, and it will hurt our startup, but this product will sell on its own, it’s so good,” Keller said.

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Keller said he has always been an avid fan of good fried chicken.

“If I was on death row, my last-meal request would be fried chicken and two cans of Coke,” he said.

Chicken in the fryer at “Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken” on Wayne Avenue near Belmont High School. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Keller befriended Pam Jackson years ago when she was working for the Church’s Fried Chicken chain in the Dayton area. After Jackson left Church’s Chicken, the two hatched a plan to open their own restaurant.

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“This has always been on my bucket list. I’m 64 years old, so it’s time to do it,” Keller said.

The 2,000-square-foot space — across the street from Belmont High School and what will soon be a new public library — previously housed Oaked and Smoked, a deli that specialized in smoked salmon; a New York Pizza shop; and Tony’s Italian Sausage. The new restaurant seats 38 and will employ about 8 once it gets fully up and running, Keller said.

The Ms. Pam’s menu includes fried chicken pieces, chicken tenders, chicken livers and gizzards and boneless chicken. Sides include fried green tomatoes, fried broccoli-and-cheese bites, okra, cole slaw, green beans and macaroni & cheese. The restaurant offers a two-piece leg-and-thigh special on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $1.99.

“We want to offer customers a nice, healthy meal for a good price,” Jackson said. Plans call for adding equipment to offer fresh-baked cookies soon, she said.

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